Mule Deer Hunt in Wyoming

Wyoming Game & Fish License Application Deadline
Deer | May 31

Contact us for our current price list, dates and contract.

The quoted trip price will exclude Wyoming Game & Fish Department license, Conservation stamp, Special management stamp, Archery permit, County sales tax, National Forest Service fees, BLM fees, Tips, Travel and Personal gear.

Nonresident Region G | H | L

Archery Mule Deer Hunts
Areas 142, 143, 144, 148, 153 & 154 – Early Season
Requires Preference Points, Conservation Stamp
& Archery Permit

Season Dates: September 1 – September 14

Drive-in Camp – Region G | H
5-day | 2-on-1 | September 7 – September 11

Pack-in Camp – Wilderness Hunt – Region L
7-day | 2-on-1 | September 6 – September 12

Rifle Mule Deer Hunts
Areas 142, 143, 144, 148, 153 & 154 – Early Season
Requires Preference Points & Conservation Stamp

Season Dates: September 15 – October 6

Pack-in Camp – Region G | H
5-day | 2-on-1 | September 15 – September 19

Drive-in Camp – Region G
5-day | 2-on-1 | September 15 – September 19

Season Dates: September 15 – October 25

Pack-in Camp – Wilderness Hunt – Region L
7-day | 2-on-1 | September 14 – September 20
7-day | 2-on-1 | September 22 – September 28
7-day | 2-on-1 | October 1 – October 7

Combination Elk / Mule Deer Hunts
This service is offered at a 50% discounted rate on your second specie.

One-on-One Guide Service
This exclusive service is offered at a flat rate.

PREFERENCE POINTS may be purchased online July – October annually (Deer $41.00).  We strongly recommend that anyone wanting to hunt Wyoming in the future, go online each year and purchase a preference point for any and all species that you wish to hunt in the future!

Wyoming License Application Deadlines
Deer: May 31

A 50% deposit of the value of your hunt will reserve your dates for the year you are successful in the license draw – (non-refundable). Remaining balance of 50% is due 60 days prior to your hunt dates or you may pay with cash the day before your hunt begins.

License Fees and Application Deadlines
Follow this link to the WG&FD Regulations
Nonresident Fees: Apply January 1st – May 31st | Full-Price $374.00 | Special $662.00 | Preference Point $41.00 + Conservation Stamp $12.50 | Archery Permit $72.00.

Amount to be remitted includes nonrefundable $15.00 application fee | Online application service total will include a 2.5% processing fee | All applications, must be submitted by midnight mountain standard time (MST) on the deadline date | An applicant must be at least eleven (11) years old at the time of submitting an application to purchase a preference point and must be at least twelve (12) years old by December 31 of that year | All prices are subject to State taxes, 3% Forest Service and/or BLM Use Fee | All are subject to change at any time.

License Fees and Application Deadlines for all big game species are set by Wyoming Game & Fish Department, purchased on the WG&FD website and are drawn by the WG&FD lottery system. We can and recommend that we process your license applications, preference points and etc. as a service to you or you may apply online yourself at: Apply Here

The mountains and plains of western Wyoming are famous for producing big mule deer bucks. Trophy mule deer are the most sought after big game specie in the world to hunt. Mature trophy mule deer bucks are wary, crafty animals, making them very challenging to hunt. The Wyoming Range and the Greys River is without a doubt Wyoming’s finest trophy mule deer hunting region.

The area produces more record book mule deer bucks than anywhere else in Wyoming. Lincoln County was ranked number five in the nation for record mule deer to date, and the Greys River is also in the Top Five worldwide for its trophy mule deer bucks.

If you are looking for the mule deer trophy hunt of a lifetime, consider the Wyoming Range, Greys River and Region G in western Wyoming! This is the hunt for that mule deer hunter who is looking for a true trophy mule deer and mountain adventure from horseback.

Acquiring preference points and the purchase of a special deer license are very important to a hunter in obtaining this coveted license. Go to our Preference Point’s page or call us for more information. Wyoming sets aside 25 percent of available mule deer tags to those with no preference points, so don’t be afraid to apply for a license.

Best of the West Outfitters’ camp on the East Fork of the Greys River is located within the best trophy mule deer habitat and hunting in North America. Two of our camps lie within the boundaries of Region G and near Region H, which allow hunting access to two of the best regions in Wyoming for trophy mule deer. Each year, deer within the Wyoming Range routinely measure from 170” to over 200”. Our season runs from September 15th to October 15th. This offers a range of hunting scenarios, including the opportunity to hunt deer in bachelor groups, rubbing their velvet off, to those acting in early migration behavior.

Your mule deer hunt will begin at 3:30 in the morning. As you wake from bedrolls, guides catch and saddle horses for the day and the camp cook prepares breakfast. After breakfast, we depart camp for a full day of hunting. You and your guide will hunt high alpine bowls, talus fields and timber areas often at 9,000 feet or higher. Quality optics are a must, as most of the day is spent glassing and long shots are often required to harvest the buck desired.

Most early hunting expeditions were maneuvered by pack-string, led into the backcountry. Many of today’s hunts are negotiated the same way. Horses are saddled and pack mules are loaded to set out for the mountains. Many outfitters in the Greater Yellowstone region hunt this old-time style, with packhorses and tent frame camps because this is still the most efficient way to get to the remote areas where hunting is best.

In the Greater Yellowstone region, there are five zones: desert, pinyon-juniper forests, brushy, aspen, and conifer forests. Each zone comes with unique characteristics, advantages and obstacles for the mule deer and other big game hunters who pursue them. The south sides of mountains and ridges will generally have the most feed on them, creating optimal hunting locations in the early morning and evening. It is unwise to hunt in areas that are limited, visually. You can’t shoot what you can’t see. The best hunts are often in higher, more rugged elevations pursued by the most hardcore hunters and experienced outfitters.

Most big bucks are nocturnal and only come out in the open at night. By the time the sun is up, they are bedded down. About an hour before daylight, most bucks are within a few minutes of where they want to snooze. They watch, smell, and listen for predators, once spotted; they are long gone like the wind. To beat them at their own game, try to position yourself so you catch them slipping into bedding areas at first light.

Utilize the land by staying on high ground, especially if you are hunting alone. Nothing can beat being in the right place at the right time. If successful mule deer hunting is one of your goals, learn about the different environments they inhabit and techniques that work best within them. Results will improve dramatically if applied from new knowledge and skills.

The Wyoming Range has long been known for excellent deer habitat and herd genetics. Controlled hunts in the Upper Snake region are coveted for the opportunity to hunt mule deer during the rut in late November.

Why do some areas produce trophy bucks, while others do not? The answer is genetics and pressure. In looking at the Boone and Crockett record book, you will find that some of the country’s regions have produced many trophy bucks. It will reveal that other areas have never produced a record buck. Genetics are clearly better in some areas. Big buck hunters are looking for bucks with 30-inch spreads or better. Hunting an area like the Greys River in the Wyoming Range provides a more optimal chance of getting a shot at a wide buck.

Stalking is the most popular tactic for hunting mule deer, but tree stands and still-hunting are fruitful as well. Stalking involves spotting deer from a distance using binoculars or spotting scope, then moving in slowly to areas within shooting range. Upon spotting a deer, scout for additional deer and other wildlife between you and the target; they can end a stalk prematurely. If everything looks good: plan the route, consider wind, terrain, and available cover. Then, sneak quietly and stalk prey by judging the speed and direction of travel, circling around and setting up an ambush.

The key to a successful mule deer hunt is preseason scouting, conducted by your outfitter and guide. It’s best to complete scouting a couple of weeks before the hunt. Glassing with binoculars or spotting scope in the mornings and evenings can pay off well during the hunt. Because mule deer hunters tend to do a lot of walking in rough, steep terrain it is helpful to go into hunting season in good physical condition and be familiar with your weapon because mule deer bucks often require shooting from several hundred yards after a long hard grunt up a mountain.

Wildlife management agencies and hunters recognize the need to maintain mule deer ranges and keep them habitable and productive. Therefore, most Western states have purchased critical game areas, especially winter ranges, to help maintain healthy populations of this valuable resource. All federal, state, and provincial land and wildlife management agencies recognize the need to maintain mule deer range. To counter the development trend of critical habitat areas—especially winter ranges, these agencies have purchased various mule deer habitats. The problem is mule deer habitat programs involve coordination between government bureaucracies that often have missions that do not share the same goal.

Because mule deer production is not a primary goal on most private or public lands in the West, habitat protection projects often suffer. Due to a scarcity of funds and political opposition toward government buying privately owned lands, the government has acquired only a small fraction of mule deer range. However, hunting and conservation organizations such as the Mule Deer Foundation, Ducks Unlimited and The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation continue these efforts. Although mule deer were not the targets of these private conservation /hunting groups, they are still beneficiaries of the elk/duck habitat acquisitions.

Mule Deer hunting in Wyoming is one the most sought after, exciting, migratory and free ranging big game animals in the world to pursue.  Mature bucks are mostly nocturnal, extremely cagey, and make for a very challenging hunt.  The mountains and plains of western Wyoming are famous for producing trophy class bucks and are home to one of the top five mule deer herds in the world.  There are several factors specific to our areas which allow our bucks to grow and reach their genetic potential at maturity.  These factors include a high buck to doe ratio, outstanding genetics, predators kept in check and fabulous habitat.  The quality winter range is a great benefit to our deer herds as well, giving them the nutrition necessary to survive the harsh Wyoming winters.   Along with these factors, the Wyoming draw system has kept the hunting pressure low, and because the season ends prior to the Rut, our bucks have an even better chance at reaching their genetic potential at maturity.

Our South Piney Creek drive-in camp and our East Fork of the Greys River Camp lie within the boundaries of areas 143 and 144, which allows us easy access and the ability to hunt both best areas in Wyoming for trophy mule deer.  These areas routinely produce bucks ranging from 170” to well over 200” gross, each year. Our season runs from the 15th of September thru the 6th of October, offering us a wide range of hunting opportunities, such as hunting bucks in their bachelor groups as well as bucks just coming out of velvet.  These reasons are why these Areas are without a doubt, not only Wyoming’s finest trophy mule deer hunting areas, but also considered some of the best trophy mule deer hunting in the world.

Along with hunting in an area with superior genetics and low pressure (from both hunters and predators), another key to success in a trophy mule deer hunt is our preseason scouting.  Forty five to sixty days prior to our first hunt, we are glassing with high quality optics in the mornings and evenings, which always prove beneficial to our clients and contributes greatly to the odds of harvesting a trophy while on your hunt of a lifetime.

Our hunts take place in Western Wyoming’s high country, with elevations up to 7,000 feet and over 10,000 feet in many cases.  You will be hunting high alpine bowls, boulder fields, rocky slides, and timber areas often higher than 9,000 feet.

Your mornings will begin at 3:00 am, at which time your guides are already catching, feeding, and saddling horses.  We will all meet in the dining tent for a hearty breakfast; pack your lunch and discuss the plans for the day. After breakfast, still well before daylight, you and your guide will ride from camp and head up the trails a horseback for a full day of hunting.  Once you reach your destination, we will spend most of the day glassing and locating bucks with binoculars and/or a spotting scope. Our time and efforts are focused on areas where we have historically found and recently located mature bucks in our scouting efforts.  Once we spot your trophy game, we plan our stalk carefully and hike to a vantage point to where you can make your shot.

In summary, the rugged and steep terrain is challenging.  This is a mentally and physically demanding hunt, one you will need to start preparing for long before your hunt dates.  The better shape you are in, the better your chances of success.  It is also very important to be familiar and proficient with your firearm because it is often necessary to shoot from an average of 300 yards, after a long hard hike up the mountain.  The rough mountainous terrain of the Wyoming Range has more record class mule deer than any other part of Wyoming and most of the country; in fact Lincoln County Wyoming was ranked #5 in the nation for record book mule deer. This is without a doubt the hunt of a lifetime for that hunter who is looking for a true trophy class mule deer buck.